Wallingford man pleads guilty in North Haven fatal hit and run

Wallingford man pleads guilty in North Haven fatal hit and run

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MERIDEN — A Wallingford man pleaded guilty this week to charges in connection with a fatal hit and run in North Haven last year.

Mark Rubino, 40, of 200 Cook Hill Rd., Apt. 13, Wallingford, pleaded guilty on Thursday to evading responsibility in operating a motor vehicle causing death and misconduct with a motor vehicle. He made the plea during and appearance in Meriden Superior Court. 

Rubino is scheduled to be sentenced April 30. The court file indicates there is a plea agreement calling for a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, suspended after serving four years, followed by three years probation.

Police charged Rubino in July 2019 following an investigation into the death of North Haven resident Maureen Munzer, 57, in March.

Munzer was walking on Ridge Road on March 11 with her husband and two teenage children when she was struck by a red Ford Fusion near Hickory Hill Road. Munzer was brought to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The car that struck her drove off.

At 6 p.m. the same night, Hamden police received a 911 call from Rubino, who reported he struck a deer and was near the Hamden/North Haven line on Mount Carmel Avenue, according to Rubino’s arrest warrant. North Haven police met with Rubino, who said he was driving home when he hit a deer in the road with his red Ford Fusion. Officers saw the car had a shattered front windshield with a hole near the center. 

“Rubino stated he stopped immediately and observed the deer stand up and run away,” the warrant said. Rubino gave a written, sworn statement saying he was “almost positive” about the truthfulness of the information. 

Police seized the car and obtained a search warrant. Officers collected samples from the car, including hair, the warrant said. DNA from two different areas of the windshield were a match with Munzer, according to a forensic report.

A broken section of a license plate frame was found at the scene of the crash. The license plate frame on Rubino’s car had a missing section.

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Read the arrest warrant.